Scholarships & Grants
Although loans and work-study programs are sources of financial assistance, the Southern University Law Center provides additional assistance through scholarships, awards, and gifts from alumni and other sources. It is possible that any award listed may not materialize due to unavailability of funds.
Law Center Scholarships
The Law Center awards entering first-year students with scholarships based upon their undergraduate record, demonstrated need, and other substantive factors.
ALI-ABA Scholarship & Leadership Award
A graduating student who represents scholarship and leadership receives a certificate of recognition from ALI-ABA and a 12-month subscription to the ALI-ABA Journal.
American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship
The American Bar Association (ABA) Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund will award $5,000 in financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school. An award made to an entering freshman may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during his or her time in law school.
For further information, write:
ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
750 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Baton Rouge Association of Women Attorneys Scholarship
An annual scholarship is awarded to a female second or third year law student who has demonstrated financial need along with leadership involvement in community or civic activities that benefit women. Special consideration is given to students who would not otherwise receive a scholarship. Students apply directly to the association for this scholarship.
Baton Rouge Legal Scholarship
(Formerly the Baton Rouge Bar Association and the Bar Auxiliary Scholarship)
A $1,500 scholarship is awarded in the spring semester to an upperclassman. The Baton Rouge Bar Association and the Baton Rouge Bar Auxiliary jointly sponsor the scholarship. The scholarship recipient shall be nominated by the Law Center and is contingent upon the approval of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and the Baton Bar Auxiliary. The criteria to receive this award include great financial need, superior academic achievement, community service, and exemplary character. The following information must be provided by the student to the Law Center and forwarded to the Auxiliary for consideration: student's name, address, telephone number, and personal resume detailing academic involvement, academic achievement, community service and grade point average. This information is mandatory for full consideration.
This scholarship is named for the Honorable D. Elmore Becnel and funded by his son Robert M. Becnel, a 1984 alumnus. It is awarded to the married student earning the highest grade among married students in Torts I. The marital status of each student will be determined as of the date of registration based on information furnished to the Law Center.
Black Entertainment and sports Lawyers Association Scholarship
A $1000 scholarship to be awarded to a student who demonstrates both scholastic achievement and a high interest in sports law.
CALI Excellence for the Future Award
CALI recognizes the student that has earned the highest grade in each course.;
The Cicardo Awards were established by contributions from the Cicardo family, whose members consist of five alumni. The awards are for: Most Effective Clinical Education Student; Student with the Highest Grade Point Average in the First-Year Class; Student with the Highest Grade Point Average in the Second-Year Class; Best Oral Advocate in Moot Court Competition, and Best Law Review Article.
Corporate and Business Law Excellence Award
This award is given to a student at the end of his/her second year who has taken two or more business law courses, with the highest grade point average in the business law course. Funds from the award will support tuition and fees for the third year of matriculation for the recipient.
Chancellor's Circle Scholarship
The Chancellor's Circle Scholarship is awarded to second and third year students who demonstrate a seriousness of purpose to the legal profession through professionalism, law school and community service, academic achievement and strong moral character. Full-time day students who have a cumulative law school grade point average of 2.5 or greater, demonstrate financial need and possess the qualities stated above may apply for the scholarship. Interested students must submit a letter of application and law school transcript to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Records and Enrollment.
Council On Legal Education Opportunity
The Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) is a program seeking to provide educationally and economically disadvantaged students an opportunity to attend ABA-approved law schools/centers. CLEO operates a six-week summer institute to prepare selected college graduates for law study.
For application and further information, write:
Council on Legal Education Opportunity
1420 N Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005
Earl Warren Stipends
The Earl Warren Legal Training Program (under the auspices of the NAACP) is designed to provide 30 nationwide law scholarships each year. Support for each student will continue through the completion of the full three-year course of study. Preferred consideration is given to applicants in need, under the age of 35, who plan to practice where there is a lack of black lawyers.
For application and further information, write:
Earl Warren Legal Training Program
99 Hudson Street
New York, New York 10013
Herschel and Charlotte Richard Scholarships
These scholarships are established in memory of Herschel and Charlotte Richard by their sons, Professor Thomas E. Richard and Herschel E. Richard, Jr., a Shreveport attorney. Two $500.00 need-based scholarships are awarded in the fall semester of each academic year; one each to a deserving second and third year student who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Preference shall be given to married students from Webster, Bossier, and Caddo Parishes.
Judge Alvin B. Rubin Memorial Scholarship
The Judge Alvin B. Rubin Memorial scholarship is funded through the Federal Bench Bar Fund. The scholarship is meant to assist law students who are academically sound and demonstrate financial need. It is awarded each year to second-semester first-year students. To earn the scholarship a student must have achieved a minimum 3.0 grade point average; demonstrated leadership qualities, integrity and professionalism; and show an economic need. Interested first-year students must submit an application letter, official law school transcript and two letters of reference to the Associate Vice Chancellor of Records and Enrollment.
Judge Carl E. Williams Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established with contributions from the Louisiana Judicial Council of the National Bar Association, alumni, and friends, in memory of the late Judge Carl E. Williams, '87, of the 16th Judicial District Court.
Kean Miller Hawthorn D'Armond McCowan & Jarman LLP
This firm has established a $2,500 per year ($1,250 per semester) scholarship to be awarded to a law student with academic credentials and demonstrated financial needs and $2,500 in cash awards of $500 each to the three top first-year students and the two top second-year students
Lafayette Bar Association Auxiliary Scholarship
The Lafayette Bar Association Auxiliary awards a scholarship for a law student from Lafayette Parish attending any law school in Louisiana.
Law Center Assistance Awards
Depending upon the availability of funds, a student may apply for assistance. An applicant has to be in good academic standing with a demonstrated financial need. Eligibility for financial aid and academic standing must be determined before consideration for the award.
Law League of Louisiana
A leather briefcase and a certificate of merit are awarded to the law student who has most improved his or her grade point average over the first five semesters.
Louis A. Martinet Legal Society Greater New Orleans Chapter Scholarship
The Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society awards an annual scholarship to one law student based upon scholastic achievement and need.
Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel Scholarship
The LADC awards a $1,000 scholarship each semester to two third year law students based upon scholastic achievement and need.
Louisiana Parish Attorney's Association Annual Academic Award
This award will be presented to the student that scores the highest grade in Local Government Law during the fall semester.
Louisiana State Bar Association - Corporate and Business Law Section Scholarship
A $250 scholarship is awarded to the student earning the highest grade in a business course.
New Orleans Association Of Black Women Attorneys Scholarship
An annual scholarship award is presented to a second or third year Black female student.
Phelps Dunbar Scholarships
Phelps Dunbar, L.L.P., created the scholarship in 1999 in the name of the firm. Scholarships are awarded to the editor-in-chief of the Southern University Law Review and to two first year students who will retain the scholarship for three years.
Provosty, Salder, DeLaunay, Fiorenza, and Sobel Scholarship
In an effort to recruit and retain students who have strong connections to Central Louisiana, the firm of Provosty, Salder, DeLaunay, Fiorenza, and Sobel has established a $1,000 scholarship ($500 each semester) to be awarded annually to a second year law student who is a resident of Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, or Sabine Parish. The recipient will retain the scholarship during his or her third year provided he or she meets ligibility requirements and funds are available.
River Parishes Claimants 1988 Refinery Explosion Memorial Scholarship
The River Parishes Claimants 1988 Refinery Explosion Memorial Scholarship is to be awarded annually by the Law Center's scholarship committee for tuition purposes only to no more than five law students residing in the River Parishes who demonstrate both financial need and scholastic merit.
SULC Alumni Association Scholarship
The SULC Alumni Association awards scholarships annually to deserving law students who demonstrate scholastic ability and financial need.
Taylor Porter, Brooks, and Phillips Scholarship
A $2,000 scholarship awarded for the fall semester and $2,000 awarded for the spring semester of each year based on scholastic achievement and financial need.
The Alvin Roché Book Award Scholarship
The Alvin Roché Book Award assists students who are in financial need to purchase books. Recipients are given vouchers to purchase books at the Southern University Bookstore.
Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund
This organization awards a scholarship valued at $4,400 per year to an entering student who is a graduate of a Historically Black Public College or University, or other university that receives undergraduate awards from the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund. Depending on the availability of funds, the scholarship will be renewed each year that the recipient's academic performance ranks in the top 25 percent of the respective law school class.
Timothy L. Spears Memorial Scholarship
The family of the late Timothy L. Spears, Spears and Spears Law Firm, and the Southern University Law Center American Bar Association/Law Student Division established two $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to students of the graduating class to participate in the BAR/BRI Review Course.The family of the late Timothy L. Spears, Spears and Spears Law Firm, and the Southern University Law Center American Bar Association/Law Student Division established two $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to students of the graduating class to participate in the BAR/BRI Review Course.
William S. Mayfield Memorial Scholarship
Scholarships are given in the name of William S. Mayfield, a past professor at Southern University Law Center. The number of scholarships and amount are determined by funds on hand. The recipients of the William S. Mayfield scholarship must demonstrate strong moral character and his/her law school grades must indicate a commitment to academic excellence. Preference for the scholarship is given to students with an undergraduate degree in math and/or students who are currently enlisted in the military or have made a commitment to enlist in the military. Interested students must submit an application letter and an official law school transcript to the Associate Vice Chancellor of Records and Enrollment.